Press Releases & Announcements

The IA communicates association and industry news through periodic press releases to the media. Press releases address:

  • Association events, programs and services. 
  • Industry initiative updates.
  • Policy outreach and accomplishments.
  • Irrigation Foundation activities.

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Press Releases

Sustainability project honored with Irrigation Association Vanguard Award

Posted on 7/11/2018
The Irrigation Association is honored to announce that the Conserva Irrigation – Target Corporation sustainability project has been awarded a prestigious 2018 Vanguard Award.

IA announces a Vanguard Award recipient

Posted on 7/11/2018
The Irrigation Association is honored to announce that the Netafim and Gallo Vineyards Inc. variable rate drip irrigation project has been awarded a prestigious 2018 Vanguard Award.

IA welcomes House passage of farm bill & calls on Senate to act

Posted on 6/22/2018
As part of its mission to promote efficient irrigation, the IA welcomes progress on the farm bill and remains committed to securing a bill that prioritizes conservation programs.

IA receives “Best Manufacturing Association to Work for” recognition

Posted on 6/13/2018
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that it has been named a “2018 Best Manufacturing Association to Work for” by the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Associations.

Irrigation Association announces July as Smart Irrigation Month

Posted on 5/31/2018
Advancing its mission of “promoting efficient irrigation,” the Irrigation Association announced July 2018 will once again be celebrated as Smart Irrigation Month.

2018 Irrigation E3 applications now being accepted

Posted on 5/23/2018
The Irrigation Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Irrigation E3 program. Students and faculty are encouraged to apply for the E3 program and benefit from the unique opportunities available only at the 2018 Irrigation Show.

House Committee on Agriculture report to Congress confirms commitment to efficient irrigation

Posted on 5/7/2018
In another positive step for efficient irrigation, the House Committee on Agriculture reiterated its commitment to expanding the uses and opportunities of irrigation.

IA announces new public-private initiative to advance irrigation research into the 21st Century

Posted on 4/27/2018
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research awards $5 million to advance irrigation technology development and transfer.

Irrigation Foundation releases 2017 Annual Report

Posted on 4/13/2018
Following a successful year, the Irrigation Foundation has released its 2017 Annual Report, an overview of the Foundation’s programs and achievements.

Irrigation Foundation awards 21 scholarships

Posted on 4/12/2018
The Irrigation Foundation is proud to announce the winners of its 2018 Irrigation Foundation scholarship program.

IA urges congressional action on farm bill & WaterSense during summit in Washington, D.C.

Posted on 3/14/2018
The IA hosted the annual Water Resources Congressional Summit, in partnership with the NGWA and the WQA, on March 6-7, 2018.

Irrigation Foundation opens annual Faculty Academy registration

Posted on 3/13/2018
Building on the success of past years, the Irrigation Foundation is again offering both agriculture and landscape versions of its Irrigation Faculty Academy.

IA announces 2018 U.S. Farm Bill priorities

Posted on 1/23/2018
As part of its mission to promote efficient irrigation, the Irrigation Association is pleased to announce its 2018 U.S. Farm Bill priorities.

Deadline approaching for Foundation scholarship program

Posted on 1/16/2018
The Feb. 15 deadline is quickly approaching for the 2018 Irrigation Foundation scholarship program. This annual program was created to support the Foundation’s mission of promoting careers in irrigation.

Irrigation Foundation launches career pathways portion to website

Posted on 1/2/2018
The Irrigation Foundation is continuing its efforts to promote careers in irrigation and is excited to announce the launch of a new irrigation career pathways portion on its website.

Nominations being accepted through March 1 for 2018 IA & Foundation awards

Posted on 12/15/2017
The Irrigation Foundation is pleased to announce that, once again, both Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply and The Toro Company will be co-lead sponsors for the 2018 Irrigation E3 program.

North Ridgeville businessman elected to IA Board of Directors

Posted on 12/8/2017
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that John Newlin, CIC, CIT, CLIA, president of Quality Sprinkling Systems Inc., has been elected to the IA Board of Directors.

Gainesville professor elected to IA Board of Directors

Posted on 12/8/2017
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that Michael Dukes, PhD, PE, CID, a professor and irrigation specialist at the University of Florida, has been elected to the IA Board of Directors.

San Diego businesswoman elected to IA Board of Directors

Posted on 12/8/2017
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that Barbara Booth, president of Rivulis Irrigation Inc. in San Diego, California, has been elected to the IA Board of Directors.

Fremont businessman elected to IA Board of Directors

Posted on 12/8/2017
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that Gene Ross, PE, CID, has been elected to the IA Board of Directors.

South Bend businessman elected to IA Board of Directors

Posted on 12/8/2017
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that Bryan Wynen, CIC, CLIA, CLWM, president of WISSCO Irrigation and CEO of Springwise Facility Management, has been elected to the IA Board of Directors.

Ulysses businessman elected to IA Board of Directors

Posted on 12/8/2017
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce that Monty Teeter, CEO and president of Teeter Irrigation, has been elected to the IA Board of Directors.

Toro & Ewing recognized as co-lead sponsors of the 2018 Irrigation E3 program

Posted on 11/28/2017
The Irrigation Foundation is pleased to announce that, once again, both Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply and The Toro Company will be co-lead sponsors for the 2018 Irrigation E3 program.

2017 New Product Contest winners revealed at Irrigation Show

Posted on 11/9/2017
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 New Product Contest at the Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 6 – 10, 2017.

IA to livestream Bringing Water to Life podcast during the Irrigation Show

Posted on 10/26/2017
For the first time ever, the Irrigation Association will livestream its popular Bringing Water to Life podcast on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.

Commissioner Adam Putnam to be the featured speaker at IA’s 2017 Water Summit

Posted on 10/26/2017
The Irrigation Association is excited to announce that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam will be the featured speaker at the 2017 Water Summit.

Irrigation Association announces newly elected directors

Posted on 10/13/2017
The Irrigation Association is pleased to announce the results of its Board of Directors elections.

EPA releases spray sprinkler bodies specification

Posted on 9/25/2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its final specification for spray sprinkler bodies.

IA & AOLP continue to bring two industries together

Posted on 9/14/2017
The Association of Outdoor Lighting Professional’s certified low voltage lighting technician exam will once again be offered at the 2017 Irrigation Show and Education Conference on Nov. 7 in Orlando, Florida.

Irrigation Association announces award winners

Posted on 9/13/2017
The Irrigation Association has announced the winners of its 2017 awards, which honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the irrigation industry.

FIS sponsoring an exam preparation workshop at the 2017 Irrigation Show & Education Conference

Posted on 9/11/2017
The Florida Irrigation Society is sponsoring an exam preparation workshop at the 2017 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Orlando, Florida, for the required technical exam (not the city/county exam) on Nov. 8.

“Shark Tank” success story to appear at 2017 Irrigation Show & Education Conference

Posted on 9/11/2017
Johnny Georges, creator of the tree T-PEE and former contestant of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” will make a special appearance at the 2017 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Orlando, Florida.

IA Certification Board updates CID landscape program

Posted on 8/24/2017
The Irrigation Association’s Certification Board is reducing the number of required exams for the landscape track of the certified irrigation designer program.

States and local governments join IA in celebrating Smart Irrigation Month

Posted on 8/3/2017
Each July, the Irrigation Association and industry partners come together to highlight irrigation technology and best practices. Numerous communities, cities and states joined in the promotion of water-use efficiency during Smart Irrigation Month 201

IA commends Sens. Udall and Portman for introducing the Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2017

Posted on 8/2/2017
Today, the Irrigation Association commended Sens. Tom Udall and Rob Portman for their efforts in introducing the Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2017, which authorizes the EPA’s WaterSense program.

IA releases Principles of Efficient Agricultural Irrigation

Posted on 8/1/2017
In keeping with its mission to promote efficient irrigation, the Irrigation Association has released a set of concepts entitled Principles of Efficient Agricultural Irrigation.

IA introduces first irrigation curriculum for elementary schools

Posted on 7/20/2017
With education and public affairs as core initiatives of the Irrigation Association’s strategic plan, the IA is proud to announce the creation of its first elementary school lesson plan.

News & Announcements

IA briefs congress on the benefits of efficient irrigation

Posted on 7/2/2018
On June 21, the House passed its version of the farm bill, H.R. 2, by a vote of 213-211. This bill is unchanged from the version that failed the House on May 18.

Register for the 2018 Irrigation Show

Posted on 7/2/2018
Plans are in full swing for the 2018 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Long Beach, California, Dec. 3-7. Attendee registration is now open.

Smart Irrigation Month starts now

Posted on 7/2/2018
The clothing people wear, produce they eat, golf they play and local parks they enjoy are all benefits of irrigation.

IA encourages compromise after the House & Senate pass farm bills

Posted on 7/2/2018
On June 21, the House passed its version of the farm bill, H.R. 2, by a vote of 213-211. This bill is unchanged from the version that failed the House on May 18.

IA named one of the best associations to work for

Posted on 7/2/2018
The Irrigation Association is proud to announce that it was recently named one of the “2018 Best Manufacturing Associations to Work for” by the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Associations.

Irrigation Show housing is now open!

Posted on 6/1/2018
Your plans are made to attend the 2018 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Long Beach, California, Dec. 3-7, so now you need a place to stay!

Get smart with the IA

Posted on 6/1/2018
July is only a month away, and the Irrigation Association is gearing up for another busy Smart Irrigation Month. This annual initiative is our industry’s collective opportunity to spread the message of what smart irrigation is and to promote its soci

IA continues to follow farm bill process

Posted on 6/1/2018
After the House released its farm bill draft in April, the Irrigation Association voiced its support for changes outlined in the conservation title.

IA visits Nebraska & discusses top issues facing the industry

Posted on 6/1/2018
With more than 8 million irrigated acres of farmland, Nebraska continues to be at the forefront of not only agricultural production, but also innovation.

Standards & codes report

Posted on 6/1/2018
Brent Mecham, IA industry development director, recently attended code hearings in Columbus, Ohio, for the International Residential Code and the International Plumbing Code.

Be an E3 leader or learner

Posted on 6/1/2018
The Irrigation Foundation’s E3 program offers a unique opportunity for you to expand your irrigation knowledge and learn more about the industry.

IA remembers Bill Koonz Sr.

Posted on 6/1/2018
The irrigation industry recently lost long-time leader and pioneer Bill Koonz Sr. Koonz was a strong supporter of the Irrigation Association and served as president in 1993.

New IIC set to propel irrigation research into the 21st century

Posted on 5/1/2018
On April 27, Irrigation Association CEO Deborah Hamlin announced the creation of the Irrigation Innovation Consortium.

Mark Eaton announced as 2018 Irrigation Show keynote speaker

Posted on 5/1/2018
At 7 feet 4 inches tall, Mark Eaton was a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court during his 12-year career in the National Basketball Association.

Apply for the 2018 New Product Contest

Posted on 5/1/2018
The 2018 Irrigation Show New Product Contest provides a unique opportunity for exhibitors to present their new products and technologies.

IA announces support of draft House farm bill

Posted on 5/1/2018
The House of Representatives Agriculture Committee released its proposed farm bill draft on April 12, and the Irrigation Association welcomed the proposed changes outlined in the conservation title.

Get the latest news through News Harvest

Posted on 5/1/2018
The Irrigation Association and Irrigation Today magazine are bringing ag irrigation industry news straight to you through the new monthly e-newsletter News Harvest.

IA hosts legislative fly-in

Posted on 4/2/2018
On March 7, representatives from 11 Irrigation Association member companies traveled to Washington, D.C., to promote the importance of efficient irrigation in both the agriculture and landscape sectors.

Do you want your company to stand out in the crowd?

Posted on 4/2/2018
Get the most out of your trip to Long Beach, California, for the Irrigation Show and Education Conference by taking advantage of unique sponsorship options.

Certification Board seeks agriculture & landscape irrigation experts

Posted on 4/2/2018
The Irrigation Association Certification Board is soliciting volunteers for up to four board openings for agriculture and landscape irrigation experts.

Register for 2018 Faculty Academy

Posted on 4/2/2018
The Irrigation Foundation offers a unique opportunity that takes instructors out of their classrooms and allows them to become students again.

Irrigation Foundation’s scholarship program winners announced

Posted on 4/2/2018
Students from two- and four-year institutions across the nation were selected as recipients of the 2018 Irrigation Foundation scholarship program.

Irrigation & Green Industry – A Year Later

Posted on 3/1/2018
It was just a year ago that the IA announced it had acquired Irrigation & Green Industry magazine, and some new names and faces have been added to the publication team.

Faculty academies – 2018 sessions announced

Posted on 3/1/2018
The Irrigation Foundation will once again offer both agriculture and landscape versions of its popular Irrigation Faculty Academy.

IA’s Mecham honored with ASIC award

Posted on 3/1/2018
The Irrigation Association’s industry development director, Brent Mecham, has been selected as recipient of the ASIC’s Roy Williams Memorial Award.

Save the date for the 2018 Irrigation Show & Education Conference

Posted on 3/1/2018
Mark your calendars now! You don’t want to miss the largest irrigation show in the world. See new products and technologies and find solutions to any and all issues in agriculture, landscape, golf and turf irrigation.

IA’s classroom comes to you – Register for upcoming webinars

Posted on 3/1/2018
The Irrigation Association brings its educational opportunities straight to you with multiple webinars scheduled this spring.